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Florian Kamps Vice President
Florian Kamps Vice President

Successful investing requires a contrarian view. If you follow the herd and you’re wrong, you’ll never be alone. But you’ll never be more than average, either.

My dad worked in finance and my mom was an entrepreneur. They raised me to always ask questions and try to understand the world.

We invest in people, not just assets.

The best relationships are a two-way street. We don’t want to be just another investor in someone’s fund. We view ourselves as active collaborators and thrive on an open, working dialogue with our partners.

A defining moment in my life was spending a year of high school in the U.S. When I arrived from Germany, I didn’t know anyone and barely spoke English. That experience made me more outgoing and completely changed my attitude.

After college, I started a business instead of joining a big bank. I’d lived like a student for the last few years, and I figured I could handle a few more. I just wanted to build something.

One of my first investments was this funky chemical business that no one else saw the value in. It turned out to be groundbreaking in many ways, and it’s performed phenomenally.

I appreciate the humility at Heritage. We recognize we don’t know everything. But we do know how to find and engage with the people who best understand the market.

Every day is different on this team. Today I’m working on the energy sector in Texas; tomorrow it might be a growth investor in China. It keeps me on my toes.

Being a parent is more difficult and more fulfilling than I ever imagined. I could not have known how much I would love that little person—or how hard it would be to go three months without sleep.

Success isn’t about money. What motivates me is creating something that will last long after I leave this planet.